The former nanny taking care of Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis’ children has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit, claiming she was fired when she requested medical leave.
Ericka Genaro claims in the suit, filed Tuesday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, that her doctor had prescribed her a three-day medical leave in 2021 to deal with the stress of the couple’s public split.
But when she told Sudeikis, the suit claims, he ‘fired her on the spot.’ She is now seeking back-pay, punitive damages and the costs of attorneys fees.
Genaro has previously told DailyMail.com how the Horrible Bosses star would text her about his concerns as Olivia Wilde started to see Harry Styles more often, before bringing Genaro on a trip to London.
But the former celebrity couple quickly hit back at Genaro’s claims, calling them ‘false and scurrilous.’
They repeated that assertion in a statement to DailyMail.com about Genaro’s lawsuit, saying: ‘As parents, it is incredibly upsetting to learn that a former nanny of our two young children would choose to make such false and scurrilous accusations about us publicly.
‘Her now 18-month long campaign of harassing us, as well as loved ones, close friends and colleagues, has reached its unfortunate apex. We will continue to focus on raising and protecting our children with the sincere hope that she will now choose to leave our family alone.’
Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde are being sued by their former nanny for wrongful termination. They are pictured together in 2013
Genaro’s lawsuit details how she allegedly got put in the middle of the celebrity couple’s divorce after ‘Wilde abruptly left the home where she lived with Sudeikis, her two kids and Plaintiff as [a] live-in nanny’ in November 2020.
‘Wilde’s sudden absence from the home had an adverse consequence on its emotional state, including Sudeikis leaning on the presence of Plaintiff for support,’ the suit claims.
‘Although this shared trauma created a bond between Plaintiff and Sudeikis, Plaintiff became increasingly anxious and stressed with Sudeikis’ tendency to seemingly require Plaintiff to stay up at night after the kids were put to bed to talk, whereas that dynamic did not occur before Wilde’s absence.
‘The subject matter of these late night conversations with Sudeikis naturally evolved into speaking about Wilde, which Plaintiff felt compelled to engage in despite creating extreme anxiety to her as she ostensibly felt she had to “pick sides” between the parents of the children she was ostensibly the primary caretaker [of.]’
Eventually, the suit says, Genaro reached out to Wilde to talk about the situation, which she said she thought went well.
‘Plaintiff felt a genuine sense of relief and comradery with Wilde, who reacted sympathetically from Plaintiff’s point of view — Plaintiff thought she got enough off her chest to be able to function without anxiety as the live-in nanny for Wilde’s and Sudeikis’ children, with Wilde as a reliable ear,’ it says.
But when she, Sudeikis and the children were traveling to the airport in December 2020 to catch a flight to London, Genaro alleges, Sudeikis informed her that Wilde told him about their entire conversation.
‘Plaintiff was stunned at the abrupt announcement, and her heart sank because of its significance —there was no peace when confiding in Wilde,’ the suit says.
It continues to allege that Sudeikis then asked her ‘”Do you trust me?” as part “gotcha,” part threat and part confirmation Plaintiff was on Sudeikis’ side.’
Genaro was hired in 2018 to take care of Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis’ two children, the lawsuit says
Wilde had left Sudeikis in November 2020, and started seeing singer Harry Styles. The two are pictured in March in London, England
The suit claims Genaro told Wilde about her concerns talking about the split with Sudeikis, but Wilde reiterated the conversation to her ex. Wilde is pictured here on Tuesday
By January 2021, Genaro alleges she told Sudeikis ‘of her physical pain, anxiety and stress,’ and soon the group therapist they were all seeing referred her to a doctor for ‘physical pain, anxiety and stress.’
That doctor had apparently told Genaro she needed to stop working for the celebrity couple, and on February 1, 2021, Genaro allegedly told Sudeikis of the doctor’s recommendation.
She ‘immediately added a desire to stay on as long as possible, up to five months, so that a suitable nanny is found to help with the transition for the good of the kids,’ the suit says.
‘Sudeikis’ reaction to this verbal notice was tempered,’ it claims.
The very next day, Genaro saw the doctor again and told him she was having increased stress following the announcement, according to the suit.
‘The osteopath’s response to Plaintiff’s account of her physical and mental state that morning was to prescribe Plaintiff the reaction of “radio silence” from everyone — including Sudeikis — for three days,’ the suit claims.
‘In other words, Plaintiff needed a three-day medical leave of absence because of her mental health — aka a stress leave.
‘The osteopath relayed this restriction to the therapist who relayed them to Sudeikis.’
Within hours, the lawsuit says, Sudeikis demanded to speak with Genaro.
‘When Plaintiff responded she is under the osteopath’s orders to not speak with anyone because of her anxiety, Sudeikis terminated her on the spot and directed [ML Management] to get Plaintiff out of his house and into a hotel.’
Genaro then allegedly tried to reach out to Wilde ‘for support in an attempt for help to merely have her restrictions honored, to no avail.
‘Plaintiff is informed and believes, and therein alleges, her termination was because of her disability of anxiety/depression, and for seeking the reasonable accommodation of a three-day leave of absence for same,’ the lawsuit says.
It argues she ‘suffered and continues to suffer substantial losses of wages, salary, benefits and additional amounts of money.’
Wilde began shooting Don’t Worry Darling with Styles and actress Florence Pugh in Palm Springs, California, on October 8, 2020 and swiftly fell for the singer – appearing visibly ‘giddy’ on set
Wilde was publicly served with custody papers as she spoke on stage in April 2022
This is the Silverlake, Los Angeles home Jason and Olivia were living in with their two children when their relationship fell apart
Genaro has previously made similar claims in exclusive interviews with DailyMail.com.
She said Wilde continued texting and sending voicemails to her estranged fiance through November and December 2020 — but stopped after she was photographed in January 2021 with Styles at a wedding in Montecito, California.
The former House star had apparently left Sudeikis drunkenly ranting ‘she left us’ to the children’s nanny after abruptly dumping him for the British pop star on November 8.
Still, Genaro said, Wilde would continue to return to the house in Silverlake, telling Sudeikis she loved him. Those cozy messages and visits continued up until December 29, when Sudeikis and Genaro flew to London.
Wilde then went public with her new boyfriend Styles five days later.
The nanny said she was floored by their debut as a couple, even though she had known about their romance and how broken-hearted Sudeikis was that Wilde was with someone else.
The nanny told DailyMail.com: ‘When I saw Olivia holding hands as a couple with Harry in the news [in January 2021], I was shocked as just a month before, when we were in LA, she was sending Jason messages saying she loved him.
‘Text messages and voicemails. He let me hear the voicemails and the text messages. Then Jason said, she was just here [at the house] and she was naked in the pool and then she slept with me naked in the bed.
‘She was sending him voice messages saying he was her everything. It was a lot of mixed messages.
‘It was how can this be that she was just in this relationship and now she’s holding hands with a different person in front of everyone a month later. That was pretty shocking.’
At the same time, Wilde, 38, was so smitten with Styles, 28, the nanny claimed she even gave her dog Gordon away within weeks of meeting the British singer so she wouldn’t be tied to taking care of it and would be free up more time to spend with him.
The nanny said she then arranged for the Golden Retriever to live with Wilde’s New York-based dog walker.
‘After [Wilde] left [at the start of November 2020], she came for a visit and said, “we have to find Gordon a new home”, nonchalantly. Jason doesn’t really care for animals and wanted him out of their home asap,’ she said.
‘Jason said Olivia only had the dog for appearances anyway. She rarely cared for Gordon or Paco, the dog she had before. It was myself and others who cared for the dogs.
‘I told Jason I knew somebody who loves Gordon and was willing to take him in so Jason said, “let’s get him out of here right away”.’
Sudeikis, right, was said to have been heartbroken when Wilde left their home
Wilde is pictured with Harry Styles at the Don’t Worry Darling premier in September
Wilde’s infatuation with Styles also left Sudeikis questioning her connection to reality
Sudeikis, 47, then allegedly told the nanny that Wilde’s need for the British heartthrob was like a drug addiction and complained that their therapist wasn’t doing more to stop it.
Genaro said: ‘What Jason said was that [the therapist] was feeding her crack, and Harry is her crack, that this is like an addiction she has.’
‘[The therapist] said to me, “Olivia is like an addict right now so we have to treat her like an addict to get her back to the family. It’s like having a drug addict come back to reality”.’
Wilde’s infatuation with Styles also left Sudeikis questioning her connection to reality – with the dad-of-two even describing her as a ‘mess’ in a text exchange with the nanny.
In one conversation, the nanny writes: ‘I sent a heart but then thought I should’ve have [sic]. It’s BS that she can’t wait to see us all. She hasn’t asked once how I’m doing.
‘Anyhow, I’m not one to be manipulated or fake. I just can’t believe she’s living this life w Harry and hasn’t said a word about it to me…’
Sudeikis replies: ‘She’s embarrassed. And not living in the real world. And we are a part of that real world.’
In a second exchange, the nanny tells Sudeikis: ‘I honestly feel she was just here with us as a family and then within a day she moved on and in w someone else and is a stranger. It’s just so bizarre.’
The Ted Lasso star replies: ‘That is what happened. And think how I feel. After nine years.’
A third conversation sees the pair call Wilde ‘a mess’ with Sudeikis adding: ‘I know. She’s a mess. A deeply hurting mess.’
Wilde’s infatuation with Styles also left Sudeikis questioning her connection to reality – with the dad-of-two even describing her as ‘not living in the real world’ in text messages to their nanny
In a another conversation sees the pair call Wilde ‘a mess’ with Sudeikis adding: ‘I know. She’s a mess. A deeply hurting mess’
But Sudeikis was apparently also ‘deeply hurt’ and stunned by Wilde’s sudden decision to end their engagement – even lying under her car to stop her from going to Styles following a row over salad dressing.
According to the nanny, she and Wilde had a conversation a few days after the explosive fight in which the actress claimed her ex-fiancé was ‘jealous’.
The nanny said: ‘Olivia and I sat down and Olivia told me, “Oh we’ve been having some problems for a while”.
‘I said, “I never knew. I never, ever knew. I’ve never seen you guys get into an argument”.’
‘She said, “I didn’t want to burden you because you’re so loving and such a bright light to our family.”
‘I was caught off guard because I lived with them and was around them and I never saw any of this happen.
‘I said to Olivia, “Jason told me you’re f***ing somebody”. And she kind of rolled her eyes and looked the other way, and said, “He’s just jealous of me”.’
‘She didn’t deny it. She couldn’t believe he’d told me that actually. Nor could I. So that was the first time I let her know about [Styles].’
Wilde also made it clear that she had no intention of giving up Styles and thought things would be better between her and Sudeikis following the split – even after the nanny told her that Sudeikis and the rest of the family had been left brokenhearted by her decision to leave.
The nanny explained: ‘Olivia wanted to believe things are going to be all good. I let Olivia know, “Oeople are hurting right now – your family, friends, Jason, the kids and even me.” I said, “I’m brokenhearted for you all.”
‘I let her know and she said, “it’s going to be better now, it’s going to be good”. She just thought everything would be so great and they would co-parent.’
She added: ‘Jason told me she was very concerned what people would think. She’s very concerned what everybody thinks about her.
‘When she and Jason started dating, she told Jason she really didn’t want to tell anyone because she’d been used to dating all these other guys she could brag about, that made her look good.
‘She didn’t think Jason made her look that good I guess. Even now with Harry, I really believe she’s feeding off his fame to be relevant.
‘She wasn’t really that great as an actress or director. Jason called her mediocre. It’s kind of like, OK, now she’s in the spotlight and Jason always said she wanted the spotlight.
‘Now she gets the spotlight because of Harry’s fame.’
In April, Miss Wilde was handed custody documents during an on-stage appearance in Las Vegas.
She denounced the move on Sudeikis’s behalf as ‘aggressive’, but he claimed he had no knowledge of when the papers would be served.